Spencer Gayles
McGill-Toolen Class of 2011

Spencer Gayles is the epitome of a well-rounded student. He excels in the academic arena with an all Honors and AP curriculum. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 3.63 GPA. He received full scholarships to LSU and Springhill College and received the Spirit of Auburn Foundation Scholarship. He has chosen to attend LSU where he will march in the Tiger Marching Band.

Spencer is also dedicated to serving the community and living his Catholic faith. He is an active member of the Servants of the Poor, Pro-Life Club and Campus Ministry. He volunteers much of his time to community service. He was recently awarded the Development Office “Jacket Jubilation Meritorious Award” for his countless hours of service which are often done behind-the-scenes for no other reward or recognition other than helping and serving others. He is also a Student Ambassador and is a favorite on the McT Road Shows at his alma mater, St. Ignatius. He is the perfect student to speak on the topic of extracurricular involvement since he is involved in so much at McT!

But the thing Spencer is most passionate about is his music. He plays the violin, the guitar, and saxophone. He is a member of the McT Marching Band, Jazz Band and Symphoic Band. He attributes his self-motivation and persistence to his being a self-taught musician. “Regardless of whether it is learning an instrument or climbing the corporate ladder, it is ultimately up to one’s self to decide whether or not success is plausible.” Spencer feels he learned the importance of teamwork and self –discipline through being a part of the McT marching band. He says, “You have to have a lot of trust in your teammates when you have eighty band members walking backwards and anticipating being in the correct spot at the correct time”. He is also a member of the Chamber Singers, utilizing his musical talents in even another medium.

Spencer is a student who can “do it all and do it well”. His dedication to academics, service to others and his music will take him far in life.

Science Faculty

Tim Burgess, Ph.D.
Science Department Chair
Bio: McGill-Toolen 1984-86; 2005-Present
Education: B.S. University of South Carolina, M.Ed. & Ph.D. University of South Alabama
Courses: Honors Physics, Advanced Placement Physics
Extra assignments: Science Department Chair, Physics Team Moderator

Marie Bader
McGill-Toolen since 2009
Education: B.A. Anthropology and Pre-Professional Studies, M.Ed. from University of Notre Dame
Earth and Space Science, Physics
Extra Assignments: Head Junior High CC & Track Coach

Drew Bentley
Bio: McGill-Toolen since 1998 and in education since 1998
Education: B.S. in Business Management from University of South Alabama 1998
Courses: Biology , Physics, Chemistry
Extra assignments: Head Track and Field Coach, Head Cross Country Coach

Kerry Goff
Bio: McGill-Toolen since 2007 and in education since 2007
Education: B.S., Spring Hill College, Biochemistry 2004; M.S., University of Alabama, Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2007
Courses: AP Biology, Honors Genetics
Extra assignments: Science Fair

Lisa Griffin, Ph.D.
Bio: McGill-Toolen since 2012 in Education and research since 1989
Education:B.S. Tulane University Gerology; M.S. Geology Center for Earthquake Research and Information, University of Memphis; Ph.D Earth and Planetary Sciences Northwestern University
Extra Assignments:

Rebecca Hyre
Bio: McGill-Toolen since 1994 and in education since 1993
Education: B.S. in Secondary Education (Science Composite), 1992
Courses: AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, College Prep. Chemistry
Extra assignments: tech support

Bill Lee
Bio: McGill-Toolen since 1975 and in education since 1975
Education: B.S.in Biology, Arts and Sciences, 1974 -Certification in Composite Science, Secondary Education 1975 M. Ed., Composite Science, Secondary Education 1979
Principalship-Superintendent Certification 1983
Courses: Anatomy and Physiology, Marine Biology,
Extra assignments:

Elizabeth McDermott
Bio: McGill-Toolen since 2001and in education since 2001
Education: B.S.in Secondary Education, minor in Chemistry and Biology,1988 from The University of South Alabama.

Extra course work in Physics and Biology, 2000 from U.S.A.
Courses: Chemistry


Kirsten Patterson
Bio: McGill-Toolen since 2012 and in education since 1998
Education: B.S. in Biology UAH/ M.S. Marine Sciences USA
Courses: Biology and Forensics
Extra assignments:



Andrew Woodard
McGill-Toolen since 2011, 10 Years in Education(Laboratory research)
2000 B.S. Biology University og South Alabama; 2004 M.S., Biology, University of South Alabama
Courses: Honors Biology, Honors Zoology

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